Meaning of group selection in English:

group selection


  • A form of natural selection in which characteristics that may be disadvantageous to an individual can persist or increase in the population if they contribute to the survival and reproduction of the group as a whole.

    Natural selection is now generally thought not to act at the group level, and instances of apparent group selection are explained by other selective processes which affect gene distribution in populations, especially kin selection.


Late 19th century; earliest use found in Bernard Bosanquet (1848–1923), philosopher and social theorist.